Men's Swimming Holds Steady In Sixth Place At Pac-10s

Feb. 23, 2007

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.-- The University of Washington men's swimming team is in sixth place after the third day of competition at the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships with 144 points. Stanford appears on track to capture its 26th consecutive conference title with a substantial lead of 655.5 points, while Arizona (433), California (429), USC (343.5) and Arizona State (266) round out the field.

The Huskies posted nine lifetime best times today, highlighted by a sixth place finish by Yonatan Cohen in the 100 breaststroke (54.78). Cohen's preliminary time of 54.31 marked the second-fastest time in school history and is an NCAA consideration time.

Three Huskies advanced to the 400 individual medley finals and placed in the top-20. Jon Banker led the way with a 12th place finish (3:58.09), while his preliminary time of 3:55.58 marked the seventh-fastest time in Washington history.

Henry Hudson placed 13th in the 400 IM (3:58.28) with a preliminary time of 57.56, which ranks 10th on the school's all-time list. Hunter Barrett rounded out the finalists for Washington, placing 17th overall with a lifetime best time of 4:03.24.

The Huskies also had three finalists in the 100 butterfly, including a 15th place finish by Bret Lundgaard with a time of 48.90 to fall just shy of his lifetime best. Mason Amick and Jared Osborne placed 23rd (49.91) and 24th (49.95), respectively in the 100 butterfly, while Jonny Muir posted a lifetime best in the time trial.

Washington also had three men advance to the 200 freestyle finals and was led by Niko Micin with a 21st place finish (1:41.01). His time of 1:40.51 in the preliminary marked the team's fastest time of the season. David Bai and Anthony Falaniko placed 23rd (1:41.47) and 24th (1:42.80), respectively.

Joining Cohen in the 100 breaststroke finals was Cejih Yung who placed 15th overall with a time of 58.28.

Taylor Brugh highlighted Washington's swims in the 100 backstroke as he placed 12th with a time of 50.27. Tamon Page placed 15th with a time of 58.28.

The Huskies capped off the night with a fifth place finish in the 400 medley relay behind the efforts of Brugh, Cohen, Lundgaard and Ivan Perhat (3:18.75). The team combined to knock more than seven seconds off UW's fastest time of the season.

The Huskies took a hit in the points category for the second night in a row, forfeiting the one-meter dive event as UW is the only Pac-10 team not fielding a diving team. Washington already lost out on points in the three-meter dive last night and will miss out on point opportunities in Saturday's platform event.

The Pac-10 Championships round out Saturday with the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and 400 freestyle relay.

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